• Short Summary

    The North American Air Defense Command Combat Operations Center is located deep within a mountain near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

  • Description

    The North American Air Defense Command Combat Operations Center is located deep within a mountain near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Specially trained personnel work around the clock charting
    There are currently more than 21-hundred satellites and pieces of debris circling the earth about 15 times daily. Making sure that Apollo 14--hick is scheduled to be launched Sunday--does not collide with one of these objects is a full-time job.

    It falls to the North American Air End Defense Command whose Combat Operations Center is located deep within a mountain near Colorado Springs, Colorado, Specially trained personnel--called Orbital analysts--work around the clock keeping track of the objects in space.

    They get their tracking data the U.S. Air Forces from/Aerospace Defense Command Worldwide Censor System which includes Baker-Funn camera which visually verify the location of space objects ballistic missile early warning sights in phased array radar... and which tracks space objects ??? cameras--capable of photographing basketball-size objects 25-thousand miles in space...Ballistic missile early warning sights located in Greeland, Alaska and England...and phased array radar...which tracks space objects electronically.

    The position and velofty information of all of the objects orbiting in space is recorded in computers at the Space Defense Center. The analysts will check the motion of the Apollo 14 relative to all of then other objects in space...and the information to the National Aeronautics and Spaces Administration.

    Then...if necessary...NASA will instruct the Apollo 14 Astronauts to change course to avoid a possible collision...or tell them to look in a certain direction just to view the satellite object as it passes a safe distance from the spacecraft.

    The program is called COMBO...which stands for Computation of Miss Between Orbits.

    It's an important combination that should help the Apollo 14 Astronauts reach the moon safely.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4VV00VTHNC8LENYGFPS95NUL9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4VV00VTHNC8LENYGFPS95NUL9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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